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9 May – Europe Day: 27 films from the 27 Member States in the cinemas

Commission Européenne - IP/11/545   06/05/2011

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IP/11/545

Brussels, 6 May 2011

9 May – Europe Day: 27 films from the 27 Member States in the cinemas

Thanks to Eurocine 27 – a joint initiative by the European Union and the UGC network – 27 films from the 27 Member States of the European Union will be shown on 9 May to celebrate and promote cultural diversity in Europe.

Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the European Commission responsible for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth has said that: "European cinema can compete with the best and is regularly winning awards, be it at Cannes or Berlin or in the Oscars. However, the distribution of our films in Europe is still a challenge that the MEDIA programme has been addressing for 20 years, by allocating half of its budget to distributors showing films made outside their own domestic market. On Europe Day, I invite you take this unique opportunity to see these high-quality films, all of which provide insights into the various cultures making up our continent. Europe and Europeans love the cinema, so I hope you will enjoy the films."

27 films – including comedies, dramas and genre films – are being shown in the UGC and EUROPA CINEMAS theatres in Brussels, Madrid, Budapest, Luxembourg City and Milan. They come from the 27 Member States of the European Union and include "Essential Killing" by the Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski and "A Sad Trumpet Ballad" by Alex de la Iglesia from Spain (see annex for a complete list).

Even though cinema is extremely popular in the EU, the European film industry accounts for only 27% of revenue, and this comes largely from national films. With an eye to promoting cultural diversity in the EU, the MEDIA programme aims primarily at supporting the circulation of European films outside their countries of origin and giving them more room on our screens.

The budget allocated to the European film industry under the MEDIA programme for the period from 2007 to 2013 totals € 755 million (€ 1.7 billion have already been granted since the programme was launched in 1991).

Almost 50% of the budget goes to distributors showing films made outside their own domestic market, and around 20% towards realising film projects. The amount of aid granted to distributors is calculated on the basis of various criteria including the box‑office performance of previous foreign films. Aid is reinvested in anticipation of subsequent distribution costs and also serves to offset possible risks.

Further information

Full programme: http://www.eurocine27.eu/

The MEDIA programme: http://ec.europa.eu/media

Annex 1: Films to be shown in Brussels

AUSTRIA

Initiation/Blutsfreundschaft by Peter Kern

BELGIUM

Hitler à Hollywood by Frédéric Sojcher

BULGARIA

Shelter/Podslon by Dragomir Sholev

CYPRUS

Under the Stars (Kato Apo Ta Asteria) by Cristos Georgiou

CZECH REPUBLIC

Protector /Protektor by Marek Najbrt – MEDIA supported

DENMARK

Applause/Applaus by Alissa Simon

ESTONIA

The Temptation of St. Tony/ Püha Tõnu kiusamine by Veiko Õunpuu – MEDIA supported

FINLAND

Run Sister Run!/ Sisko tahtoisin jäädä by Marja Pyykkö

FRANCE

Young Girls in Black/Des filles en noir by Jean Paul Civeyrac

GERMANY

When We Leave/Die Fremde by Feo Aladag

GREECE

Plato's Academy/Akadimia Platonos by Fillipos Tsitos – MEDIA supported

HUNGARY

Bibliothèque Pascal by Szabolcs Hajdu – MEDIA supported

IRELAND

The Runway by Ian Power – MEDIA supported

ITALY

Afraid of the Dark/Hai paura del buio by Massimo Coppola – MEDIA supported

LATVIA

Rudolf's Inheritance/Rudolfa mantojums by Janis Streics – MEDIA supported

LITHUANIA

Perpetuum Mobile by Jay Weissberg – MEDIA supported

LUXEMBOURG

Draft Dodgers/Réfractaire by Nicolas Steil – MEDIA supported

MALTA

Short films

POLAND

Essential Killing by Jerzy Skolimowski – MEDIA supported

PORTUGAL

The Sword and the Rose/A espada e a rosa by João Nicolau – MEDIA supported

ROMANIA

Morgen by Marian Crisan – MEDIA supported

SLOVAKIA

Foxes/ Lišticky by Mira Fornay – MEDIA supported

SLOVENIA

Piran – Pirano by Goran Vojnovic

SPAIN

A Sad Trumpet Ballad/Balada triste de trompeta by Alex de la Iglesia – MEDIA supported

SWEDEN

Pure/Till det som är vackert by Lisa Langseth – MEDIA supported

THE NETHERLANDS

Dusk/Schemer by Boyd van Hoeij

UNITED KINGDOM

Everywhere and Nowhere by Menhaj Huda


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